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Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2014
charlieaz
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   8 Hrs      1.28 mph
3,313 ft AEG
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My wife and I typically choose not to fight the crowds and traffic on holiday weekends but decided to break with tradition. We drove up to Flag with the specific purpose of hiking Humphrey’s again. We have done many, many hikes and this is the only one in which my wife has fallen ill. We suspected it was altitude sickness last time but hoped this trip would be a different outcome.
We drove up on Friday, found a spot to camp and took in the beautiful weather and scenery. Early the next morning we hit the trail. There were probably 20 or so cars at the trailhead at 6:00 am. We let a group of about 15 pass us as we don’t like to hike at the pace they were setting.
It seemed rather easy to the saddle only taking us 2.5 hours to get that far including breaks. I was still feeling great and my wife was ok with a mild headache she rated a 4 on a 1-10 scale. That last mile+ kicked our butts though. 1.25 hours for that last stretch. By the time we hit the top I was a little light headed and slightly low on energy but doing fine. My wife’s headache was now a 7 but she said she was doing ok other than that (she does get headaches often).
I set up my radio gear and began to work the SOTA contacts and as I was nearing the end of the activation my wife informed me she was feeling horrible and had vomited. I quickly threw my radio gear in the pack and we descended as quickly as we could.
Two for Two on Humphries. No problem whatsoever on any other hike. Yup. Altitude sickness.
If my wife agrees to a next time I guess we’ll try camping 2-3 days at the base (Freidlein Prairie) before the attempt and see if that helps.

Despite how negative this sounds we enjoyed it because . . . why else? . . . WE MADE IT!
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